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Is this the beginning of the end of the tampon tax?


Photo: Stocksy
Photo: Stocksy

We said we wanted tampons, and we wanted them to be free (or at least tax-free)—and it’s starting to happen!

As a quick catch-up: Currently in 40 states tampons are taxed, often as a luxury product—meaning at a higher rate—alongside cigarettes and high-end automobiles. (Yes, even President Obama had no idea that this was a thing.)

But this past Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill to end the state tampon tax, while on the very same day the Chicago City Council announced it too would do away with the tax starting in 2017, Refinery 29 reports.

Meanwhile, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota have all already eliminated their sales taxes on menstrual products, with lawmakers in Wisconsin, Utah, Ohio, California, Michigan, and Connecticut proposing similar legislation to ditch the tax, NPR reports.

Plus! There’s good news for 11,600 female students in New York City right now, too: Starting Monday, 25 city schools will start offering tampons and pads for free, the New York Daily News reports. “Having easy access to feminine care products is essential,” Deputy Schools Chancellor Elizabeth Rose tells the newspaper. “This pilot marks a major step in providing additional resources to students in need.”

The tampontroversy has crossed the Atlantic, as well: On Thursday, the European Union reached a deal to allow the UK to get rid of its 5 percent tax on pads and tampons, BBC News reports, with British Chancellor George Osborne saying the government “heard people’s anger over paying the tampon tax loud and clear.”

Have we finally reached the tampon tipping point? Let us know what you think in the Comments!